- Associated Press - Monday, June 2, 2014

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SME BANKRUPTCY

Creditors of Southern Montana Electrical Generation and Transmission are negotiating a potential settlement in the power cooperative’s bankruptcy case. SME filed for bankruptcy in October 2011 due to unfavorable contracts and building a gas-fired power plant near Great Falls that isn’t being used. A confirmation hearing needed for court approval of the bankruptcy reorganization plan was delayed from Monday until June 13 to give the negotiations a chance.

TESTER-VA PLAN

U.S. Sen. Jon Tester has announced legislation and a listening tour to help solve systemic problems facing the Department of Veterans Affairs health care system. Tester spoke in Helena on Sunday, two days after VA Secretary Eric Shinseki resigned. Tester announced a bill strengthening the role of the VA’s Office of the Medical Inspector, which would make reports from that office public for the first time. Tester says he plans to begin a tour this month to talk to Montana veterans about their VA experiences.

TUESDAY PRIMARY

Montana is one of eight states holding primary elections on Tuesday. Democratic U.S. Sen. John Walsh is seeking election to the seat he was appointed to after Sen. Max Baucus resigned. Walsh faces two other candidates in the primary, while U.S. Rep. Steve Daines and two others are seeking the Republican nomination. Daines’ decision to run for Senate left his seat in the House open.

MANG-MISSION CHANGE

The Montana Air National Guard has a new mission and new commander. A ceremony on Saturday marked the unit’s mission change from a fighter wing to an airlift wing flying C-130 cargo planes. The new commander is Brig. General Bryan Fox.

BEAR ATTACKS HUNTER

A 47-year-old man who was bear hunting in southwestern Montana was attacked by a bear over the weekend. The Beaverhead County sheriff’s office says the Stevensville man and his father were hunting in the Centennial Valley when he was attacked by a bear on Sunday afternoon. Sheriff Jay Hansen says the man was stabilized at the hospital in Dillon before being flown to a Seattle hospital for treatment of serious injuries.

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